March Makeup Basket

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Y’all know I watch a lot of beauty videos on YouTube and one of my favorite videos are “Everyday Makeup Drawer” videos. This is where YouTubers go through their vast makeup collections and pick products that they want to focus on using for that month. It could be products that are new that they want to try, some that they’re trying to use up, and/or products they’re undecided on so they’re going to focus on using them to form an opinion.

I don’t have quite the collection as some YouTubers, but I have a decent amount of makeup so products often get forgotten or I’ll use them for a while till something new comes along. There are several products in my collection that I want to use up and I’ve bought new things to try so I decided to do my take on an “Everyday Makeup Drawer” and share a monthly makeup basket.

There are some staple products that I will use regardless and the others will rotate in and out each month. I’m not limiting myself to only what’s in this basket, but I’m going to really to try to focus on these products and pull in others in my collection.

My favorite YouTubers that do this video/series are Jessica Braun and Andrea Matillano.

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STAPLES
These are products that I use every day and they will stay in the basket each month.

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TESTING
When I test a primer, I use a foundation that I know I like and that I know how it wears. When I test a foundation, I use a primer that I know works well so I won’t be using these primers, foundations, and the setting spray in conjunction this month.

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COMPLEXION
These are the face products I want to focus on using this month. I’m so close to finishing some of them and the others are just products I haven’t been reaching for recently.

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EYES
I don’t wear eye shadow or eye liner every day and when I do, I usually use a cream base and add a powder on top. If I decide to get crazy and do a full eye look, I’ll just pull in one of my palettes.

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SETTING SPRAYS


I didn’t include any lip products because my lip color choice varies day to day depending on my mood and what I’m wearing.

 

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Hauled it…how was it?

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A few weeks ago, I shared a HAUL. I actually purchased these products and started using them before that post went up, so I’ve had plenty of time to test all these products out and form opinions on them.

Keep reading to see which products I liked and which ones were a bust!

Side Note: I love watching Haul videos on YouTube, but hate when there is no follow up. I’m over here wondering if those products worked out. Were they good? Do I need it? Should I avoid it? HELP A GIRL OUT. LET ME KNOW.

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  • Prep & Blur Stick, $8
    • Repurchase
    • Blurs pores really well
    • LOVE
  • Jelly Highlighter in Bubbly, $6
    • This WILL NOT blend over powder. Most creams don’t, but I forgot to use it and wanted to try it anyway, major mistake.
    • I put on my foundation, tap this on my cheekbones, and set with translucent powder. You can still the highlight peeking through.
    • I apply a powder highlighter on top and you get BLINDED. You can certainly skip adding the powder highlight if you want something more natural.
    • LOVE
  • Color Correcting Stick in Correct Dark Circles Light, $4
    • Creamy
    • A little too dark for me, but I can make it work
    • VERY pigmented, just need a little
    • Easy to blend
    • LOVE
  • Brow Gel, $5
    • Note as good as my beloved Tarte gel
    • Will use on days where I don’t want to take the time to use a pencil, but want some color
    • When I do my brows, I start with a tinted brow gel and then fill in with a pencil. You can’t do that with this one. This gel and a pencil just don’t work well together.
  • Poreless Putty, $8
    • Everyone is LOSING THEIR MINDS over this primer because it’s supposed to be a dupe for the Tatcha primer.
    • This provides a good, smooth canvas for foundation, but it didn’t do much for my pores.
    • It also wasn’t cute on my dry skin. I used it all over and only around my nose where my pores are larger and it just wasn’t a good look for me.
  • Eye Makeup Remover Balm, $4
    • Perfect for removing stubborn liner and mascara
    • Run over my lash line and wipe all the makeup my initial remover missed
    • LOVE this
  • Solid Brush & Sponge Cleanser, $4
    • This is just as good as more expensive solid cleansers
    • Will be buying several of these next time I order
    • LOVE
  • Smoothing Eye Serum, $8
    • I keep it in my mini fridge so metal rollers stay cool which helps depuff
    • Hydrates and smooths
    • LOVE

Wet n Wild


My friend Owen delivered her sweet, identical twin girls at 24 weeks. She and I have several mutual friends, but got to know each other through blogging. She is so sweet and has the cutest little family. Her sweet girls, Molly & Lucy, are in the NICU and have a long road ahead before they can join their parents and older sister, Vivian, at home.

A PayPal was started to help with expenses and if you have it in your heart to donate, you can use this link. If you aren’t able to donate, prayers are always welcomed and completely free. I know God has a special plan for these girls!

Beauty Busts 2018

Because not every product is a winner

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MAKEUP
Tarte Shape Tape Foundation (Hydrating) :: I wasn’t impressed with the coverage or the shade. You can read my full review here.
Urban Decay Velvetizer :: Andrea Matilliano recommened this and said it made her skin look flawless and blurred. Umm sign me up! I believe her, but it was just too cakey on my dry skin. It looked horrible.
Becca Soft Light Blurring Powder in Pink Haze :: Can you tell I’m all about the blur? The powder was really nice and finely milled and didn’t look bad on my dry skin, but the shade just didn’t work on my fair skin.
Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Powder :: CAKEY MESS. I bought the mini for $15 and returned it.
—-CoverGirl Peach Punch Highlighter :: This looked so promising and is a pretty shade, but it’s straight glitter. Review here.
Colour Pop No Filter Foundation Stick :: No shade match, not good on dry skin. See a theme here? You’d think I’d learn, but I must try it all. Review here.
—-LOreal Lash Paradise Primer :: I liked this at first, but it got thick and clumpy really quickly. I’m sticking with the LOreal Voluminous Mascara Primer. Review here.
CoverGirl Mascara Primer :: This may be the worst product I tried all year. It did nothing and I don’t even know if I even got the product on my lashes. It gets caught and clumped in the bristles on the wand. Major fail. Full review here.
Colour Pop No Filter Foundation :: No shade match and way too matte for my dry skin. Review here.
Colour Pop No Filter Loose Setting Powder :: Again, CAKEY MESS. Too matte for my dry skin. Review here.
Morphe Highlight & Contour Sponge :: So hard and rough.

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SKINCARE
Tatcha Water Cream :: I got a small size as a 100 point perk and was so disappointed. I feel like this a hyped product and Tatcha is a hyped brand, but this did not give enough hydration for me. Hydro Boost for life.
Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base :: Another hyped up product that is a good base for dry skin. I got sample and could not get past the scent. It might be amazing, but the smell is awful. This is a moisturizing primer so perhaps it should have gone with the makeup, but I’m too lazy to move it. Whatever. It still stinks.

Best of Beauty 2018

I thought about making this a week long thing but I’m too lazy for that and I prefer a one stop shop so here goes!

Also, if it’s a product I’ve reviewed, I’ll link to the review.


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PRIMERS
Becca First Light Priming Filter
Physicians Formula Bright Boost Oil Elixir
elf Prep & Blur Stick
Catrice Prime & Fine Smoothing Refiner (review)

CONCEALERS
BH Cosmetics Studio Pro Concealer in White
Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Concealer (review)

FOUNDATION
Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage (review)
LA Girl Pro Matte (review)
NYX Mineral Stick (review)
Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 HR Breathable (review)
Revlon ColorStay Full Cover (review)
Makeup Revolution Conceal + Define (review)
Too Faced Born This Way (review)
Ulta Moisturizing Stick (review)
Estee Lauder Double Wear (review)
Mary Kay Mineral (review)


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POWDERS
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pore Pressed 
Hourglass Veil Translucent Powder (review)
Makeup Revolution Luxury Baking Powder in Ghost
J. Cat Luxe Pro Powder in Porcelain
Rimmel Stay Matte Loose Powder

HIGHLIGHTERS
elf x Heart Defensor Coffee ‘n Cream
Physicians Formula Butter in Pearl
Ofra Pillow Talk
Maybelline x Nikki Tutorials Master Chrome
Colour Pop Luster Dust in Strobe Globe

BLUSHES
LOreal Paradise Enchanted Fruit-Scented Blush
Milani Rose Blush Trio

BRONZER
Bare Minerals Invisible Bronze Bronzer in Fair to Light

CONTOUR
Anastasia Beverly Hills Foundation Stick in Fawn

SETTING SPRAYS
Too Faced Hangover Rx
Colour Pop All Star
Essence Keep It Perfect! Makeup Fixing Spray
Urban Decay Chill Makeup Setting Spray


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EYES & BROWS
Anastasia Beverly Hill Single Shadows
Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize Cream Shadow in Marie Antoinette
Physicians Formula Eye Booster Liquid Liner in Deep Brown
Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Retract
Maybelline Total Temptation Brow Pencil in Soft Brown
Almay Brow Pencil in Dark Blonde
Tarte Busy Gal Brows Tinted Brow Gel
LOreal Brow Stylist Boost & Set Brow Mascara
MAC Dazzle Shadow Liquid in Every Day Is Sunshine

TOOLS
ecotools Perfecting Cushion Sponge
Sonia Kashuk Makeup Blender Sponge
Japonesque High Density Foundation Brush
Real Techniques Brush Crush Volume I Brushes
Morphe M439
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MASCARA
Catrice Glam & Doll (review)
–Maybelline x Gigi Hadid Fiber Mascara (review)
Revlon Volumazing (review)
Maybelline Total Temptation (review)
Lancome Monsieur Big (review)
Stila HUGE Extreme Lash (review coming soon!)
CoverGirl Total Tease (review)
Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Tinted Primer (review)


lips

–Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Bow & Arrow
MAC Prep + Prime Lip
Flower Beauty Miracle Matte Lip Color in Melon Pop
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks
Victoria Secret Velvet Matte
–Victoria Secret Velvet Matte Sheer
Physicians Formula The Healthy Lip
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil in Lipstick #44
Kopari Lip Love
Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick shade 91 Seduisante
Kylie Cosmetics Velvet Liquid Lipstick in Posie K
Kylie Cosmetics Gloss in Posie K
LOreal Colour Riche Shine Lipstick


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CLEANSERS
Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying Cooling Gel Scrub
Bare Minerals Skin Polishing Grains (major game changing product for me. I found them at TJ Maxx for $5.99 and I will never be without this.)
Neutrogena Acne Proofing Daily Scrub
Shea Moisture Green Coconut & Activated Charcoal Purifying & Hydrating Cleansing Balm
–Neutrogena Hydro Boost Micellar Water (not available in the US yet, but I bought from this website. It’s sold out right now)
Garnier Micellar Foaming Cleanser
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gelee Milk Cleanser (not available in the US yet)

EYE CREAM, TONERS, & SERUMS 
It Cosmetics Confidence In An Eye Cream
Thayers Witch Hazel Alcohol Free Toner Rose Petal
BareMinerals Age Defense & Renew Serum (found at TJ Maxx for $12!)
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Express Hydrating Spray (this is too thick to use as a spray, so I put a little on a cotton pad and use it as a toner)
Aveeno MaxGlow Infusion Drops (another game changer)

MOISTURIZERS, MASKS, & TOOLS
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Sunscreen SPF 50
GlamGlow Gravity Mud Firming Treatment
Origins Ginzing Energy Boost Gel Moisturizer
elf Pore Refining Peel Off Mask
elf Massaging Facial Cleanser
–Jade Roller (I got mine at TJ Maxx for less than $10)


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HAIR
Neutrogena Anti-Residue Clarifying Shampoo
Biolage ColorLast Shampoo & Conditioner
Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray
LOreal Hair Sheet Mask

BODY
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Hand Gel Cream
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Body Gel Cream
Tree Hut Moisturizing Shave Oil
Tree Hut Shave Prep Sugar Scrub
Soap & Glory Scrub of Your Life
Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter


354635347 hours later, we’re at the end.

Thanks for reading if you made it this far and in general.

I’d love to know your stand out products so leave them in the comments!

P.S. I’ve already been buying and trying and testing products to report on in 2019.

July Favorites

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Barrington St. Anne Tote from Zia Boutique
I got this tote for my birthday and I LOVE it. I’ve been wanting one for a while, but couldn’t decide exactly which one and I couldn’t justify the splurge. My friend, Zelle, owns Zia Boutique and carries this line. She ran a special deal on them right before my birthday so the timing was perfect. I highly recommend checking out Barrington totes and contacting Zia. They can get you any bag and combination that you want!

–Swell Pink Topaz 16-Ounce Insulated Traveler Bottle–
I got this during the Nordstrom sale and it is the perfect size. I have 2 bigger size bottles, but I wanted one I could toss in my purse or work bag that wouldn’t take up so much space. I’ve been trying to drink more water and I like my water REALLY cold and this keeps it cold for so long. This color is sold out, but I linked the same bottle in a different color.

–YSL Rouge Volupte Shine #44–
Each year for my birthday, I treat myself to a high end lipstick and this is the shade I chose to mark my 27th year. I don’t usually love nude lipsticks, but this one is so pretty. It’s very shiny and sheer. It gives just enough color, but isn’t too much or drying at all. I’ve been using almost every day. If you’re looking for a great, staple nude and wanting to treat yourself, you can’t go wrong with this one.

–Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying Cooling Gel Scrub–
I use a gentle exfoliator daily and it really helps keep my skin clear and clean. I love Neutrogena products and when I ran out of my Hydro Boost Scrub, I picked this one up to try. It leaves my skin feeling so clean and smooth without feeling stripped or dry. I also love the cooling effect.

Too Faced Hangover Rx Setting Spray
I wanted to try this as soon as it came out, but didn’t want to spend $32 on the full size in case I didn’t like it. I recently discovered they had a mini version so I grabbed it. It has the same coconut scent as the primer and it is so refreshing. I really like this and it helps my makeup settle and set. I got the primer and spray set during the Nordstrom sale for such a deal.

Catrice Prime & Fine Smoothing Refiner
I did a full review on this last week, you can view here, so I’m not going to go into much detail. Just know that it’s the best pore filling primer on the planet and it’s uber cheap. I can’t say enough good things about it.

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This dang sponge. Y’all, I haven’t bought a beautyblender in years because I hate paying $20 for a freaking sponge. I’ve found several other beauty sponges that work just as well and are a fraction of the cost. My coworker brought me hers to see if I could get it really clean and I forgot how soft they were. I came home and ordered one and now I’m backto being hooked. UGH. Thank goodness there was a deal during the Nordstrom Sale and I was able to get a few more for less than the normal price. It’s a product I love to hate and hate to love.

–Apple Watch (Series 1) 42 mm–
I treated myself to an Apple watch for Christmas. I got the Series 1 38 mm and I loved it. I’ve gotten very attached and reliant on my Apple Watch. My coworker also got one and got the bigger size and I regretted getting the smaller one. My BFF told me she wanted to get one so I told her to get the bigger one, I’d pay the difference, and we’d switch. I love the bigger screen so much more.

NYX Moody + Buxom Dolly
I’ve been loving this lip combo this month. I’ve been on the liquid lipstick train for a while, but recently I’ve been loving glossy, shiny lips. These 2 pair so well together and give you the perfect, neutral lip.

Kendra Scott Megan Ring
I love that Kendra Scott gives you half off an item (in store) during your birthday month. I went in to get a pair of stud earrings, but this gem caught my eye as soon as I walked in the store and I had to have it. I LOVE turquoise and this is such a statement piece.

Sharpie Ultra Fine Point Markers
I will never not get excited about school supplies. I love colored pens, markers, notebooks, and the like. Office Depot had this set of 24 Sharpies for $10. I had to have it and I regret nothing.

We got to see my people so many times this month which I loved! Are they not just the cutest family?! I love how in love Will & Kate are and how they look at each other. You can look at them and just tell they love each which warms my stone cold heart. The whole world is looking at them and they’re only looking at each other. It’s precious.

My favorite verse and Instagram for the month.

Current Makeup Favorites

Y’all know I am addicted to buy and trying makeup. I’m always trying something new. Since that is the case, my favorites are always changing.

Today I’m sharing my current favorites/my every day makeup routine. I want to do this post again in December to see if my favorites have changed and what products have lasted the entire year

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Primers
Yes, I use 2 primers. I use one  for hydration and one to blur & fill pores.
First Aid Beauty Coconut Smoothie Primer, $14-28
elf Blur Stick, $8

Foundations
If I’m not testing out something new, I usually reach for one of these two depending on what level of coverage I want.
–Full Coverage: Revlon Full Cover, $13.99
–Medium: Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable, $6.99 (full review here)

Concealer (yes, I forgot to show it)
Yes, I use 2 different concealers. The Tarte is too dark so I mix in the KVD.
Tarte Shape Tape, $27
Kat Von D Lock It Concealer Creme, $26

Powder
I recently ran out of my beloved RCMA so I ran to the drugstore to find a loose powder to use till I could reorder. I spray my sponge with MAC Fix+ and then go in with this. It gives a flawless finish and this matte powder looks great on my dry skin.
Rimmel Stay Matte Loose Powder, $4.99

Blush, Bronzer, Highlight
Colour Pop Noodle, $8
Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer, $14.99
Colour Pop Flexitarian, $8
–Jeffree Star Eclipse (limited edition)

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Eye Shadow
I saw someone share this Charlotte Tilbury cream shadow I fell in love with the color. It’s stupid expensive, but it’s good. Only I would pair a $32 base with a $2 shadow.
Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize in Marie Antoinette, $32
Essence Eyeshadow Single in All I Need, $1.99

Eye Liner
Depending on the day, I use the Milani to tight line and then use the liquid OR I use the Milani to tight line and then smudge it along my lash line. I use brown liner because it’s not as harsh on my fair skin.
Milani Stay Put Eye Liner, $6.99
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner, $22

Mascara
I ALWAYS start with a primer. Full reviews coming on the Revlon and Maybelline.
LOreal Mascara Primer, $7.99
Revlon Volumazing, $8.99
Maybelline Total Temptation, $9.49

Brows
Maybelline Total Temptation, $7.99
ABH Clear Brow Gel, $22

Lips
Revlon Kiss Cushion Lip Tint, $7.99
ABH Liquid Lipstick, $20
Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lipcolor, $4.49 (these are on sale at Ulta right now, RUN)

Setting Spray
–Essence Keep It! Makeup Fixing Spray, $4.99 (I got this at Ulta, but now I can’t find it to link)

 

A to Z Beauty Favorites

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A: Anastasia Beverly Hills Single Shadows & Clear Brow Gel, Aveeno 60 Second In-Shower Facial

B: Benefit Roller Lash, Becca First Light Priming Filter, Bare Minerals GenNude Liquid Lipstick, Batiste Dry Shampoo, Biolage Shampoo

C: Colour Pop (basically everything), China Glaze, CoverGirl 3-in-1 Outlast Foundation

D: Dose of Colors Liquid Lipstick

E: elf Instant Lift Brow Pencil, ecotools Perfecting Blender, Essie Nail Polish

F: First Aid Beauty Coconut Smoothie Primer

G: Garnier Micellar Water, Glisten & Glow Nail Polish, GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Mask

H: Hourglass Lip Stylo

I: It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder, It’s A 10 Miracle Hair Mask

J: J. Cat Beauty Luxe Pro Powder in Porcelain, Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer

K: Kopari Beauty Coconut Lip Glossy, Kat Von D Lock It Concealer Creme, KL Polish, Kenra Platinum Blow Dry Mist

L: L.A. Girl Pro Matte Foundation, Lancome Matte Shakers, LOreal Mascara Primer, Lush Lip Scrub

M: MAC Lipsticks, Morphe Brushes, Maybelline Matte Ink & The Skinny Eyeliner, Makeup Geek Single Shadows

N: NARS Velvet Lip Glide, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Line, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

O: OPI Nail Polish, Ofra Pillow Talk Highlighter

P: Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer, Philosophy Purity Clay Mask

Q: Q-Tips

R: Real Techniques Brushes, RCMA No Color Powder, Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lip Color

S: Stila Glitter & Glow, Smashbox Pore Minimizing Primer, Sonia Kashuk Blender Sponge, Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Powder

T: Tarte Shape Tape, Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

U: Urban Decay Naked2 & Chill Makeup Setting Spray

V: Violet Voss Liquid Lipstick

W: Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation

X: (cheating!) Colour Pop X Kathleen Lights Lumiere, Morphe X Jaclyn Hill

Y: YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick

Z: Z-Palette